Serbian Journalist, Stefan Cvetkovic, who has investigated killing of the Kosovo Serb politican Oliver Ivanovic killed in January in Mitrovica North, was physically assaulted in front of a cafe in his home town of Bela Crkva on Monday evening. The Serbian police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting Cvetkovic, less than a month after he went missing for two days in June.
Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic was physically assaulted in front of a cafe in his home town of Bela Crkva on Monday evening. The police said a 39-year-old man identified only by his initials had been arrested for the attack which left Cvetkovic with a bloodied head. He posted a picture of himself in the emergency room on social networks before leaving for Romania where he said he would be safe. Cvetkovic told Danas daily newspaper that he was hit with a metal bar by a local drug dealer who had been investigated earlier for threatening the journalist. He added that the alleged drug dealer also tried to run him over with his car, N1 reported.
Cvetkovic went missing in mid-June. Police found his car abandoned with the lights on in Bela Crkva and launched an investigation. The journalist appeared after two days, saying he had been kidnapped but local prosecutors filed charges against him alleging that he had staged the incident. Cvetkovic was given a police protection detail which he said was withdrawn two days before the assault on him. “I don’t believe it is a coincidence that the attack came right after that. I believe the attacker wanted to kill me and I will hold a news conference at the cafe where the attack happened,” he said. Last month Cvetkovic was in Kosovo when he voluntarily came to give his testimony on Ivanovic’s death that was shot in front of his political party headquarters in Mitrovica North. While in Pristina Cvetkovic told media that he suspects gangs operating in the north are to be blamed for Ivanovic’s assassination.